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February MASA meeting Hennepin County Brookdale Library

The second MASA meeting of 2013 was held at the Hennepin County Brookdale Library on February 7. About 24 people attended the meeting.

Launch:

The next regular club launch will be on Saturday, February 23 from 10am to 2pm.  We will be trying out a new launching site - McMurray Field, located at Lexington and Como in St Paul.

Meeting:

The next meeting is planned for Thursday, March 7 at the Brookdale Library.  Rick Vatsaas will be leading an Odd-roc build session.

Reminders & Discussion:

  • 2013 dues for new and renewing members may be paid anytime. Dues have now increased. The PDF membership application has been updated for 2013 and is available on the web site. Online / Paypal membership renewal is also available on the web site.
  • Two representatives from Americorp, Community Technology Empowerment Project, were at the meeting to introduce themselves and tell us a little about their organization.

Show -n- Tell:

  • Chris Feld brought a radio antenna that he had constructed from copper pipe.

Meeting Topic:

The Nike Ajax and Nike Hercules Missiles, and their history in Minnesota - presented by Alan Estenson
Did you know that the Twin Cities area was once protected by four Army surface-to-air missile bases?  Hosting up to 18 Nike Hercules missiles at each base, they were ready to hurl atomic warheads at attacking Soviet bomber formations.  Decommissioned in 1971, the remains of these bases can still be found in the Minnesota and Wisconsin countryside.
With accompanying photos and videos, Alan talked about the following:

  • The Nike Ajax and Nike Hercules surface-to-air missiles:  their history, technical overview, and how they were deployed

  • Model kits, past and present, of those missiles (both static and flyable).

  • Nike missile site SF-88L near San Francisco which has been restored and is part of the National Park Service.

  • The four missile bases which were arrayed around the Twin Cities from 1959 to 1971 in a "ring of supersonic steel".

  • The Nike Hercules missile which is on display in a St. Bonifacius city park.

  • And, in particular, missile base MS-70 near St. Bonifacius, Minnesota.

 

[Alan Estenson]

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